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Beautiful Chena village nestled in Ghodbunder hills

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintI live in Bhayandar near the hills of Ghodbunder. I know both the names sound weird. Bhayandar, a western suburb lies on the southern bank of Ulhas river or rather Vasai creek. Starting from Bhayandar if we keep on going upstream on the river Ghodbunder falls next. Geographically this region is in continuity with the Borivali National park and spans  18km straight from Powai in the South to Ghodbunder in the North. This region has kept hidden many picturesque lakes and streams which are often overlooked by the local populace that includes me as well 😛 Yes, its a fact that we often tend to ramble far and wide in search of beauty and happiness. But at times we just miss the wonderful and tranquil nature which lies very next to us right in our backyard. As a matter of luck, I had to visit Chena village to attend a spiritual event. Chena village is just around the corner of Chena bridge on the Mumbai Nashik highway. The small village has a beautiful river …

Vashishti River : 1 – Planning and Mumbai to Chiplun

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintI am excited to publish this blog as this is the very beginning of my अनादी River Project. This project is my attempt to get a first-hand understanding of the condition of rivers, lakes and wells of Bharat. You can read more about the अनादी River Project here.   To begin with the project and try myself and my readiness Vashishti was a trial. Why did I select Vashishti ? In the river project, I desired to know what sort of groundwork is essential for large rivers. When I was exploring this topic, I came across ‘Sandrp’ website. It had a comprehensive research on the rivers of Konkan. Vashishti was one of the rivers in the list. In fact, Vashishti was the most polluted among other rivers of Konkan. The foremost reason of pollution was letting out the untreated water by chemical factories in the Lote-Parshuram MIDC setup. The level of organo-chlorides was so high that even bathing in the river was severely hazardous and may lead to cancer. This created a curiosity in me and I wished …

Vashishti River : 3 – Closing words and visit to Goa killa in Harnai

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintThis is the third and last post of the Vashishti river tour. Day 1 – Mumbai to Chiplun and Day 2 – Along the Vashishti River were splendid. If you haven’t been through follow the link and have a look at them.   Since my primary objective of the trip i.e. touring the Vashishti from source to the confluence was achieved, all I had to today was the homecoming. But it wasn’t going to be plain and straight. I left the town of Dapoli early morning and rode to Fort Goa or Suvarnadurga Fort followed by Mandangad, Mangaon and finally Mumbai. 26  June 2017 – Day 3 Left the hotel early morning. It was raining like hell. Konkan rains are quite heavy. Huge perpendicular raindrop is what you get 🙂 Following the coastal route reached Goa Fort near Harnai beach. Goa fort along with Suvarnadurga fort and Fattegad fort had a significant place in Chhatrapati Shivaji’s naval force. As marked in the image below, Suvarnadurga Fort is at some distance in the sea quite …

Vashishti River : 2- Riding along the river from source to Arabian sea

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintYesterday’s ride through the beautiful green ghats of Konkan was refreshing particularly the Kashedi and Khed stretch. Today was the day to travel by the Vashishti river. The plan was to reach as close to the source of Vashishti River and ride along the river until I reach its Sangam with Arabian sea. Hoping the same excitement and adventure we rolled off for the day. 25th July 2017 Chiplun, Maharashtra Chillax Morning 🙂 Missed the morning alarm of 5.30 am. Before we could get the things up it was 7 am. 50% of the total time was spent in doing Datun. Vishwanath and I chewed the neem daatun as slow and leisurely as we can. Standing on the small balcony facing the hotel garden and shamelessly posing topless we chewed like a King. We had all the time in the world, no morning alarms, no to-do list, no client calls. We were just lost in daatun. We moved the neem twig slowly and gently through every corner of the teeth. Dark and dirty …

Strolling around Mumbai on Cycle – Tips and Experiences

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintBicycles have been one of my best childhood memories. My first love, a gearless Hercules AXN. How could I sleep that night? That night ended waiting for tomorrow’s light. We were together for 4 years before it was stolen. Tried luck second time with second-hand Ranger Swing, unfortunately, that too remained for a couple of months before getting stolen. Now, after 12 years I have the pedal back. Yes, a long wait indeed 🙂 The excitement was same as it was on the first day with my first cycle. I take it to my office daily riding 4.5 km one way on the chaotic Mumbai roads. Can’t express the joy of getting on the seat and feeling the breeze. After trying my hands for one month, felt like I should take it for a tour around Mumbai. So friends, take your popcorns sit back and enjoy the post. And yes, do not forget to comment. You don’t know how much your two words make me feel. Preparation Frankly speaking, I had no clue of the …

Weekend Bike trip to Dahanu & Bordi beach: Day 2/2

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintThe night was unexpectedly cold. Yesterday’s ride from Mumbai to Bordi was not much tiring. Woke up at 5:30 AM and left for Bordi beach to watch the Sunrise. Bordi beach was almost deserted except for some fishermen and joggers. You can take your motorcycle or 4 wheeler on the beach. It’s wide enough to practice drifting 🙂 The morning was spectacular.   Bordi Beach: Spent an hour practicing photography. I was silly enough to forget my camera battery in the room though managed with Vishwanath’s camera battery. Spotted a Neem tree on the shore. Used twigs for cleaning the dental. It felt so nice to sit under the open sky in front of the blue ocean on the white sand and moving the twigs swiftly round and round in the mouth. My heart whispered this is the moment you keep looking for. And it happens, we go a long distance in search of something. And ultimately spot the happiness in some tiny moment. I feel this is what the moment of life …

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Weekend Bike trip to Dahanu and Bordi beach: Day 1/2

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintDahanu and Bordi beach are popular weekend getaways for Mumbai folks. The place remains less crowded compared to other tourist spots like Lonavala, Alibaug and Matheran. And therefore, it becomes an ideal place for people seeking a peaceful, quiet and beautiful place Mumbai to Dahanu Beach: It was around 12 PM on Saturday that Vishwanath and I decided to leave for Bordi beach. Packed bare minimum and left Mumbai at around 3 PM. The distance between Mumbai to Bordi beach is no more than 160KM. That means around 2.5 hours of a bike ride. NH 8 was excellent throughout. Took left from National Highway towards Dahanu. The road from Highway to Dahanu beach is just awesome. The unexpected cold wind on this road made us feel the winter. Wide road with invisible traffic and big trees on both sides of the road made the ride pleasant and engaging.   An evening at Dahanu beach: Reached Dahanu beach around 6 PM in the evening. Sun was half into the ocean gleaming dark red over the horizon. …

Vasai Fort – A living remnant

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintSituated in the coastal part of Vasai town, the huge walls of Vasai Fort, also known as Bassein Fort certainly shows the test of time it has stood. The Fort overlooks the Vasai creek and had several watch towers. Although there is nothing more than the ruins of huge entrance and arches left, still the place has a unique charm. The inner room probably the biggest one is used as a nice underarm cricket playground. Other locations are very creatively used by wedding photographers. The fort is protected under the ASI. Ride to the Vasai Fort: It was the 21st February 2016 when Rajkumar and I decided to spice up a lazy Sunday afternoon. The distance of Vasai Fort from my house was no more than 30 KM. Hence, it was possible to have a quick bike trip. Left Bhayandar around 2:30 PM and rode straight to Tungareshwar temple. Tungareshwar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated on a hill in the interior of the Vasai village. Spent an hour and …

Bike trip to Invincible Maratha fort : Kille Raigad : 2

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintWaking up in Sahyadri has always been memorable for me. Fresh smell of air the and chirping birds set a positive environment. It was 7 AM now. Day 1 – Mumbai to Raigad Fort on bike As planned yesterday, if we find a small waiting queue, we will tour the Fort again via Ropeway. Took our bikes and rode to the base village Hirkanewadi. Got to know that it will take one and half hour waiting. Said No to the Fort plan and instead of going up, went down the village. Little did we know that a different world was waiting down the village. Greenery everywhere and crystal clear water flowing down the terraced farm plots. Sometimes beautiful places are hidden a few steps away. I don’t mind going few steps ahead 🙂 That is the reason I love to explore the untouristy places. I believe, it is the odd places where we seek solitude. Returned from the village and began morning routines. Packed the stuff and we were ready to leave for …

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Bike trip to the invincible Maratha killa : Raigad Fort : 1

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintRaigad is a beautiful hill fort some 180 Kms from Mumbai. This is the same fort where Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Empire was coronated in 1674 and he declared Raigad as his Capital. This was the inspiration behind the trip. We (me and Sudhanshu) made out the trip during monsoon in the month of August 2015. Mumbai to Raigad Fort: As decided, we met him near Oberoi Mall flyover and rode towards Navi Mumbai via Santacruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR). Later, took Pali Khopoli route before entering NH 17 i.e. Mumbai Goa Highway. Rode till Mahad, from where we had to take the left turn for Raigad Fort. Mahad to Raigad Fort was another 30 Km. Though the whole ride was quite scenic and beautiful because of the monsoon but the last 25 Km till Raigad fort was splendid. Some photos from Mahad to Raigad Fort route Uphill ride to Raigad Fort was quick and steep. Nice view of the plains can be seen once you reach a certain height. …

4 boys ride to a tribal village Khadki for World Yoga Day celebration

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint I along with 3 of my friends was in a tribal village Khadki to celebrate the first World Yoga day on June 21, 2015. Yesterday i.e. 20th June 2015 was quite eventful.  Bike breakdown, sent back from Purushwadi, welcomed by an unknown host and night walk in the jungle by the river was much more interesting than what we had expected.  I remember Bhangre ji saying yesterday, government teachers will come to teach Yoga to the tribal kids in Shiva temple tomorrow morning. It was a good opportunity to contribute to the International Yoga Day and make this day memorable.    Our tent was pitched in the temple. Rajkumar and I woke up at 6:30 AM and left the place for morning activities. We took a tour of the village to witness the grace and simplicity.    Some photos from the morning tour round the village Getting ready for school Shyish smile Village colors Khadki village River flowing by the village Morning chat   Children started gathering in the temple by 7 AM. Chatais …

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In search of million Fireflies : A weekend getaway to Purushwadi

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint I was all planned to do a bike trip to Firefly festival in Purushwadi village of India. However, the things didn’t go as expected but the consecutive events ended in a wonderful experiences and adventure. Fireflies. Amazing creatures they are! A single firefly can make tens of children running on their feet. A lone nomad firefly can make the boring night interesting. Can you imagine the thrill when not hundreds but millions of fireflies dance around you? Yes, you heard it right. And when they cover a tree to perform the dance of light you just watch them dumb folded. It seemed so surreal so fantasy and like a fairy tale. The city folks asks. But where are these fireflies? Well, if you stay in Mumbai, Thane or Pune you are very close to them.Although the place is not a popular tourist destination but they are worthy to be featured in the list of must visit places near Mumbai, Thane and Pune Let’s start the story. One of my friends told me about …

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A beautiful village – Ratanwadi

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint This was not the first time; I have been here thrice, that is more than what I visited my own village. I knew nobody here, neither anybody. It was the beautiful minimalism of the village which had left a print in my hippocampus. How is the Ratangad village? A dwelling of some 30-40 small houses scattered over the hills. The majority of them kutcha. A stream originating from the slopes of Ratangad flows by the edge of the village. A check dam on the river serves an excellent play area for the tourists. —— Read the first part of the trip Day 1: Bike trip to Bhandardara —— Amruteshwar Shiva temple Nearly 1300 hundred years old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva sets an impression for Ratanwadi. Amruteshwar temple as it is called is constructed using Hemadpanthi architectural style. The genre of architecture is named after Hemadpanth of Yadava dynasty. The style consists of using Black stones for construction and lime to glue the different pieces. Tulja Bhavani and Tambdi Surla are some other …

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Tansa lake: An offbeat place for solitude seekers

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint Hunting for another spot to ride on the weekend, I stumbled on Tansa lake or Tansa dam. It is more of an offbeat place. Hardly anybody visits here. There is not much to see there. But some photos on the internet were quite interesting. What’s then, pulled up my bike on Saturday 5:30 AM in the morning and vroomed to Tansa. The total distance of the ride was about 200 Kilometres. It can be very easily done in 1 day or can be stretched to two days if night camping is planned. Mumbaikars, here is how you can reach Tansa lake Route 1: Via Vajreshwari Road Get on to NH8. From NH8 take a right turn for Vajreshwari. Better ask anybody on the highway after Vasai. When the Vajreshwari road ends take left turn from Zidke towards Ambadi. This brings you on SH 35. Now from here, there are two options. One, get onto Dinkarpada-Kondhale road and finally take the right turn from Kambare. Tansa is straight in front of your eyes …

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Solo bike ride to Bhandardara hill station – Day 1

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint Weekends were coming and going. Friends were busy. Not much interested in watching television. My best friend (that’s me) told not to stay this weekend at home. That’s what I did, charged the camera put some clothes in the bag and picked up my bike on a fine Saturday morning 6:30 AM and started my bike trip towards Bhandardara hill station. The morning was chilled and calm as usual. Roads were empty. Reached Thane via Ghodbunder in no time. Took the left from Toll towards Mumbai Nashik Expressway. This road is one of the most nicely maintained highways which has made the Mumbai Nashik distance easy. Sometimes you may face too many lorries and trucks plying on this route, but that is rare. Usually, I ride at 60-70kmph but 85-90 on this road seemed an average speed. There aren’t many curves before Kasara Ghat. Take right from Highway after Ghoti Budruk. The good road ends at this turn and the crater begins. But instead of riding and cursing throughout, I feel one …

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Malvan to Goa – Konkan bike trip – 6

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint Day 3 and Day 4 Morning struggle: We had to start early from Malvan. Today’s plan was to visit Sagar Sangam and via Vengurla reach Goa. Woke up early in order to capture the shared bathroom and toilets. This is what we do when these things are shared. Morning was chilled and so the water. There was no warm water facility for shared bathrooms. With my shivering body and shivering hand lifted the mug and placed down. Repeating this reluctance multiple times gave me the needed warmth which made my bath easy 🙂 Packed up and left the lodge, took road which goes to Sagar Sangam. Sagar Sangam is at the mouth of Devbag backwaters, a 10 KM peninsula like stretch. Road were misty with fogs. School going children on cycles made the scene interesting.   Off to School Sagar Sangam: At Sagar Sangam the silent Karli river meets Arabian sea. Beach is not too long but white sand and water sports are active there. There are options for Dolphin show, they …

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Ganpatipule to Malvan – Konkan bike trip – 5

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint Events from Day 1:Thane to Dapoli Dapoli to Anjanvel Lighthouse Dabhol to Guhagar Beach Events from Day 2: Guhagar to Ganpatipule temple    Ganpatipule to Malvan: Finished from the walk-through in Prachin Konkan, without wasting any time we started towards Malvan as we were already late. This phase was one of the most scenic in the whole tour. High mountain roads on one side and vast ocean roaring on the other side. It’s very much like the Pacific highway map we used to play in the NFS.  Scenic road after Ganpatipule – Sagari Mahamarg  Scenic road  – Sagari Mahamarg  Tree canopy  Road to Malvan  Rock cut roads – Sagari Mahamarg After Ratnagiri, there isn’t much ghat and mostly the roads are straight on table tops. But you get to see fantastic stretches of green and yellow fields.  Konkani Pahaat  Landscape – Malvan  Near Malvan  Landscape near Malvan  Landscape near Malvan  Near Malvan  Sunset scene near Malvan  Reflections Sun was coming down fast and we were 20 kilometers behind Malvan city. Suddenly the …

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Ganpatipule Temple – Konkan bike trip – 4

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintToday was the second day of my Konkan bike trip. Yesterday, we started from Mumbai and stopped in Guhagar for night stay. Mumbai to Guhagar was very scenic particularly Dapoli and Dabhol. Today, we were ready to take the adventure to next level. Guhagar to Ganpatipule was going to be riding in the ghats and rural roads. Guhagar to Ganpatipule coastal road Route Scarred with the horror of yesterday night, we wanted to leave the place as early as possible. Took the ice bucket challenge in the morning and left the room.  Mountains were misty and winds were chilly. Silent hills and curved ghats made the ride more interesting.  Ghat roads just after Guhagar  Misty morning  Bagulas Morning life  Shallow and silent river before Tavsal jetty  Konkan scene which has always been in my mind   We were targeting Vengurla for today but didn’t want to compromise with nice spots. Tavsal jetty    Tavsal Jetty   Reached Tavsal jetty and had our hot chai and spicy kanda pohe. Frequency of the Ferry is …

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Memorable sunset of Guhagar beach – Konkan bike trip – 3

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint From Dabhol lighthouse we moved ahead to Guhagar. Guhagar is around 15 km from Anjanvel. Guhagar is a pretty small and straight town with an awesome beach and windy surrounding. Search for the night stay in Guhagar Our priority was to get in a decent hotel/cottage anything and then proceed with sightseeing. We had around 1 hour to settle ourselves before the sun sets. Soon the search started getting troublesome. Every hotel lodge we visited, turned us down. They were not ready to listen. Just kept repeating that there is no room for singles and only family is allowed. Half an hour passed and we were still on road. My eyes went on a wall next to road ‘rahnyachi uttam vyavastha aani gharguti jevan milel’. Called that person, the wall which had the advertisement was nothing but his store. We settled the deal for Rs.500, it was much cheap in that area when compared with other hotels in Guhagar. That man opened the mystery why we were rejected from all places. He said …